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Breaking: OpenAI Fires Back at Elon Musk Breaking: OpenAI Fires Back at Elon Musk
In a blog post released today, OpenAI fired back at Elon Musk’s lawsuit and moved to dismiss his claims about the... Breaking: OpenAI Fires Back at Elon Musk

In a blog post released today, OpenAI fired back at Elon Musk’s lawsuit and moved to dismiss his claims about the company’s motives. According to the post, OpenAI decided to share publicly what it calls a complex relationship with Musk which also included a series of emails between company leaders and the founder of Tesla.

OpenAI explained that they and Elon Musk internally shared a common vision for the future of AI. Musk, a significant early supporter, proposed a bold $1 billion funding commitment to kickstart the organization. This figure was aimed at ensuring the nonprofit could aggressively pursue its goals without sounding “hopeless,” as per Musk’s advice.

But despite his initial commitment, OpenAI claims that it had received less than $45 million from Musk, contrasting with over $90 million from other contributors. This discrepancy highlighted the enormity of the resources required for AGI development, far surpassing initial expectations.

By early 2017, OpenAI acknowledged the need for vast computational resources, indicating that billions of dollars would be necessary annually to continue its mission. This realization led to discussions about adopting a for-profit model to secure the needed capital.

 

Open AI went on to state that this diverged from Musk’s vision, which included suggestions of merging OpenAI with Tesla or granting him full control in a bid to be competitive with the likes of Google. Of course for OpenAI, this was at odds with its mission of equitable benefit, leading to Musk’s departure and the establishment of a for-profit entity without him.

Despite the challenges involved with operation and raising capital OpenAI stated that they remained committed to its foundational goals. First and foremost this means creating and distributing beneficial AI tools widely.

Efforts include open-source contributions and providing access to powerful AI technologies, impacting various sectors globally. From enhancing Albania’s EU accession process to supporting healthcare in Rhode Island, OpenAI’s technologies are proving instrumental in driving forward societal progress.

However, this lawsuit makes it clear that both parties are not willing to budge. One side is calming that AGI would be open-sourced while the other says that isn’t the case. Either way, how this lawsuit unfolds could have a large impact on the AI landscape for years to come.

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